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 Sony isn’t done with mobile hardware yet, despite its recent talk of an exit strategy from smartphones. Here at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona it’s showing off a new 10.1 inch Android tablet, the Xperia Z4, coming this June, and a new mid-tier 4G/LTE smartphone, the Xperia M4 Aqua — its first octa-core 64-bit smartphone. Read More

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 If you’ve ever fancied flying through the Amazon jungle, then there’s good news because Google’s got your back. Virtually speaking. Read More

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 Another security-focused development in the European mobile space: Finnish mobile startup Jolla, which develops the Sailfish mobile OS and its own brand mobile hardware, has just announced it will be partnering to create a “security hardened” version of the platform, called Sailfish Secure. Read More

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 We first reported on Metaio’s Thermal Touch concept for Augmented Reality (AR) interface control last spring. Still in its infancy, the concept relies on thermal imaging cameras to track residual heat your body leaves on surfaces that it touches and uses those heat signatures to control AR interfaces. The next concept version demoing this week at the Mobile World Congress is now… Read More

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 A sequel to last year’s pro-privacy Android smartphone Blackphone has just been announced, here at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, along with a tablet device, called Blackphone+. Read More

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 Ola, the SoftBank-backed competitor to Uber, has dished out $200 million to buy smaller rival TaxiForSure in what looks like being the first of a number of consolidation moves in India’s taxi-hailing space. Read More

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 Berlin-based Rocket Internet is broadening its already wide portfolio of companies with Everjobs, a career-listings platform. Like other Rocket Internet companies, Everjobs, which is already live in Sri Lanka, will tackle emerging markets in Asia and Africa and plans to expand rapidly. Everjobs co-founder Ronald Schuurs says Rocket Internet decided to take on job listings after the success of… Read More

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 Microsoft has officially taken the wraps off two new Lumia smartphones: the 640 and 640 XL. Details of the two, low-end phones leaked out yesterday in advanced of today’s unveil. Read More

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 This is an exhaustive solution to a (physically) small problem. Biologist Adele Bakhtiarova had never been able to find an eyelash curler that fit her. She struggled with finding one that could reach out to the very last eyelashes on the edges of her eyes. She tried dozens of eyelash curlers. But they would pinch her skin or crimp the lashes into an ‘L’ shape instead of a proper curl.… Read More

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 Microsoft has confirmed that it will offer Windows 10 for all mobile devices that currently run its latest Windows 8.1 software. Read More

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 A post supposedly written by ISIS supporters has emerged, threatening Twitter employees with death because the microblogging platform deletes accounts related to the terrorist group. Uploaded onto JustPaste.it, the post specifically targets Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, with a crosshair superimposed over a photo of his face. Read More

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 Payments is one of those chicken and egg scenarios. Consumers want to see a use case (participating merchants) before they adopt, yet merchants want to know that customers are actually using this stuff before they invest. Apple Pay has, by all accounts, significantly broadened adoption of NFC payments, and now a solution opening it up to large numbers of merchants could be on the horizon. Read More

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 Everything’s more interesting if it’s happening right now. Jokes seem funnier when you hear them told in person. A dense political debate becomes captivating when watched live on TV. Real-time performances carry a peculiar vividness and urgency you can’t get from something that already happened, even if it was just minutes or even seconds ago. Dick Costolo should know this well. Read More

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 Xiaomi is back with another reminder that it doesn’t just make phones. (Despite dethroning Samsung as China’s top smartphone company in 2014.) Xiaomi’s latest device is a GoPro-like camera which, as we’ve come to expect, is selling for a fraction of its U.S. rival’s price. Read More

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 Livestream is planning to make it even easier and more affordable to (you guessed it) livestream video with the launch of a new product called the Broadcaster Mini. The Mini is part of a two-pronged refresh of the Broadcaster, which launched about three years ago and allows customers to livestream from any camera. Co-founder and CEO Max Haot told me the Broadcaster is a good entry point,… Read More

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 What is worth $40 billion, and isn’t Uber? The union of NXP Semiconductors, and Freescale Semiconductor. The two companies announced a “definitive agreement” today that will see Freescale shareholders pick up 0.3521 NXP shares and $6.26 in cash for each of their current shares. Freescale is known for its work in embedded chips, its website noting a focus on the Internet of… Read More

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 This week the Internet lost it over a llama chase, Kanye apologizing, Madonna taking a tumble, and that damned dress – things that arguably do not actually matter that much. But there was one story that bubbled up in the midst of all this, highlighting the triviality of social media chatter: The death of Ajivit Roy, an outspoken Bangladeshi-American blogger. Despite a flood… Read More

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 The most important entertainment industry event so far this year happened over the weekend – but it wasn’t the Oscars. In fact, it’s likely that you had no idea it happened, not unless you’re plugged in to geek culture in a big way. Read More

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 Microsoft has been busy snatching up startups to fill out its mobile apps portfolio, and it looks like it could be buying one more. According to multiple sources, Prismatic — an app that recommends news articles to users based on what their connections are reading and liking — is on the block, and Microsoft is the front runner to get it. It’s not clear what stage talks… Read More

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 More changes afoot at Google+. TechCrunch has learned, and now confirmed with Google, that David Besbris has left his role as the head of the company’s social and identity product. He has been replaced by Bradley Horowitz, a longtime VP of product for Google+. Besbris only took over Google+ less than a year ago, in April 2014, after Vic Gundotra — who had started and lead… Read More

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 Four years ago, I participated in my first improv comedy class. In 2013, Mahmoud Arram and I co-founded Bluecore, a marketing technology company whereevery single employee is required to complete an improv 101 class within the first four months on the job. In terms of importance, this ranks right up there with required reading and sales training. But why? Read More

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 Chinese search giant Baidu no longer has their antivirus app offered on Google Play in Brazil after using illegal competitive tactics against Brazilian antivirus startup PSafe (backed by Baidu rival QIhoo360), maker of the leading Android security app in Latin America. Read More

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 The Tesla Model S is one helluva car – but it can’t do everything. It can’t recharge as fast as you could fill a tank of gas. It can’t go over 155 miles per hour. Oh, and it can’t transform into a submarine and cruise around underwater. With this awesome little easter egg, though, that last one becomes a bit less certain… Read More

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 Venture-backed companies like SpaceX, Skybox, Planet Labs, Rocket Lab and O3B disrupt the aerospace industry with faster, cheaper, better products. Unencumbered by government bureaucracy, this new breed of enterprise can move quickly, attract the best talent with equity ownership, and take calculated design risks that government contractors cannot afford to. Read More

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 Apple has never led market share in worldwide phone sales. Ever. And yet, the iPhone has held the (according to flickr) title of world’s most popular camera for years. Today, Apple is capitalizing on that by launching a new ad campaign dedicated to images shot by iPhone users. Apple’s driving point is that it has put a powerful creative tool into the hands of photographers that… Read More

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